In the years after the Great War, life was golden and happy for those who had survived it. An entire generation of young men died so others could sit on a beach and splash in the water and have sandwiches on the sand. It was a golden time for American expatriates - like Sarah and Gerald - to be in Paris. Everything had worked out so well for them: they had money, they had friends, they had three golden children, and they had each other. And everyone was so young.
Gerald was a painter, and his bold new painting would shock the French art world; but the consequences of his artistic success would soon bring tragedy to Sarah and their family. Despite doing everything right, things would soon start going very wrong.